73 Coupe Project

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Official start of the restoration today - pulled the seats and door sill plates. Found the build sheet but it was in a couple of pieces and if it was ever filled out the build is unreadable now.

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Driver's seat is bent. I had cut a small piece out of the vinyl to send to Cerrulo to see if they have a reasonably close match in cloth. The brown seems to be difficult as new cars have not used brown for a while. I have decided to get the original style vinyl from TMI and have ordered the SC seats.

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Having taken the back seats out, I found a little mouse sign. Not too bad for 29 years of storage however. I guess having a bull snake den under the shed helps rodent control ;).

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Hopefully, tomorrow will pull up the carpet and see if there is any damage underneath.

 

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Always good to see a new project getting started. Good luck, we are all routing for you.:cool:

 

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Ya! Another 73 coupe restore started. :D Will be watching your progress. I myself am doing a 73 coupe. Bad shop ordeal for me. Now doing metal and car, the help of this site, friends and hubby's help. Look forward to seeing your work.

 

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Ya! Another 73 coupe restore started. :D Will be watching your progress. I myself am doing a 73 coupe. Bad shop ordeal for me. Now doing metal and car, the help of this site, friends and hubby's help. Look forward to seeing your work.
Thank you both for the support.


Continued cleaning and tear down.

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Found one rust hole in trunk. I understand, according to other project posts, that I am very fortunate in this regard.

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Started dash disassembly.

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Took gauge pod apart.

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Will be putting new gauges into pod upon assembly.

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Today, moved jack, spare tire and front seats to another location so that we could walk around the car. Tomorrow, back to work!

 
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Sweet floor pans! I am so jealous over the great condition of your metal work. So much less work for you. Keep up the good work.

 

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Any chance you are thinking of deleting the rear seat to save weight, and putting in a strengthing alum plate to stiffen the chassis and possibly a discrete chrome moly hoop behind the front seat ? Possibly a fiberglass front end ? Just asking...

 

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I am actually deleting my rear seat, putting in a cage, fiberglass hood and fenders........

 
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Any chance you are thinking of deleting the rear seat to save weight, and putting in a strengthing alum plate to stiffen the chassis and possibly a discrete chrome moly hoop behind the front seat ? Possibly a fiberglass front end ? Just asking...
Probably just a rear plate behind the seat to put dynamat onto for noise reduction. This car is going to be a bona fide boulevard cruiser. Just going to make the car into what I wanted out of the car when I bought it. Sportier suspension, lowered with low profile, wider tires. Massaged engine, but still very streetable. Aftermarket seats, as the original seats were not very comfortable to me when I was 25. Better brakes and maybe a little shinier engine compartment. A little showier paint job and a delete on the vinyl roof. All in all, just your run of the mill little bag of dreams;).

By the way, thank you for all of the support. More pictures coming in a few days - taking the weekend off.



Any chance you are thinking of deleting the rear seat to save weight, and putting in a strengthing alum plate to stiffen the chassis and possibly a discrete chrome moly hoop behind the front seat ? Possibly a fiberglass front end ? Just asking...
Willard White? Weren't you the guy in the James Bond movie with the mustang going down the alley on two wheels?:D

 
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Just curious, was the build sheet you found in the seat frame or under the carpet?

 

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You picked the same gauges that I have, you're going to like them. I put LED (Blue) lights in mine. :rolleyes:

 

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You picked the same gauges that I have, you're going to like them. I put LED (Blue) lights in mine. :rolleyes:
I haven't made that decision yet. Was thinking blue or maybe green. All I know is that whatever color I choose, I am getting to the age where the lights will need to be bright:exclamation:

I may have seen a picture of your gauges on this site and was stoked!

I had a tough time deciding between the white and another type, cannot even remember which now. After seeing the pictures on this site I was glad to have ordered white.

 

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Yay!!! Another coupe :D watch out FB and 'vert guys, we're starting to show some presence. Good work, looks like a nice clean car to work with.

 

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Continued tear down, found things not quite as good as original appearances would have indicated. Found rust on drivers side quarter, both on the outside

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and on the inside.

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Also found the grill had been repaired. Probably by the body shop that painted the car after I gave it to my dad for storage. Strange, but when pricing new grills the Mach 1 grill is cheaper.

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And, finally, the heater box door is gone. Evidently mice like to pee on the door.

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On the plus side of things, the roof under the vinyl looks pretty good.

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The gauges fit.

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The shock tower braces cleaned up nicely.

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The rear springs are installed.

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The axles came out - 28 spline.

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Next, we pull the center and install the Auburn.

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Taking a few days off, will post more later.

 

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And th fun begins... Good luck from a fellow coupe restorer.

 

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I'm likin' what you're doing to it! Should be one fine ride!

 

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